J.K. Rowling (56), the Harry Potter author, made Twitter chaos last Monday (December 13th). People went off on her after she posted a link to an article “Absurdity” on her Twitter.
The article, itself, talks about a policy to register rapes (by Scotland police) as being committed by women if the accused identifies as a woman regardless they have/have not legally changed their gender.
This led the Harry Potter author to tweet, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman”.
War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.
The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.https://t.co/SyxFnnboM1
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 12, 2021
The Queen Eye star, Jonathan Van Ness, responded to her tweet by saying, “The biggest threats of violence against women has always been cisgender men. Not trans women, unless Jk’s constant transphobic cherry-picked vitriol convinces you otherwise. But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion.”
The biggest threats of violence against women has always been cis gender men. Not trans women, unless Jk’s constant transphobic cherry picked vitriol convinces you otherwise. But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion. https://t.co/4OJXX96gOC
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 13, 2021
According to Indian Express, Twitter users bashed on her and claimed her as “transphobic” for seeing womanhood as something that is only biologically determined and not accepting self-identification as a valid requirement for gender identity.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time for J.K. Rowling to spark fires on Twitter. Back in June 2020, she shared her disagreement on the term “people who menstruate”, which was upset many people and called her out as well.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
However, in the same year (2020) after the first tweet, she denied the accusation of transphobia.
“As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people’s right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill, or that standing up for the rights of women is wrong, discriminatory, or incites harm or violence to the trans community. Like the vast majority of the people who’ve written to me, I feel nothing but sympathy towards those with gender dysphoria, and agree with the clinicians and therapists who’ve got in touch who want to see a proper exploration of the factors that lead to it,” she explained.
Despite her controversial tweets, the facts say that (shockingly) 47% of transgender people will be sexually assaulted in their life (the 2015 US Transgender survey reported).